Manager Reaction

Saturday 20 April 2013 18:03

Fulham Manager Martin Jol felt that on another day his side may have taken something from Saturday’s game with Arsenal.

Despite playing the majority of the match with 10 men following Steve Sidwell’s dismissal on 12 minutes, the Whites continued to put Arsenal under pressure and dominated our guests for decent chunks of the match.

But Per Mertesacker’s header shortly before half-time proved to be the winner, and our Manager admitted his frustration at seeing his side concede from another free-kick, following Chelsea defender John Terry’s brace from set pieces at the Cottage on Wednesday.

“We did ever so well since probably December on set plays,” Jol said. “So to concede from them against Chelsea and Arsenal is disappointing.

“Arsenal had a shot wide in the final seconds but I can’t remember a lot of other chances. With the possibilities that we had, especially in the first half, on the break, we had a few perfect points in that scenario [to score].

“If you saw us in the last 10 minutes we substituted people and tried to get something out of the game and I think we deserved to get something out of it.”

With four matches remaining of the current Barclays Premier League season, Fulham remain on 40 points, and while Jol admits that relegation is highly unlikely, he’d rather the Whites had a few more points to show from their recent efforts.

“Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa have got a big hill to climb but that is not what we want [to rely on],” he said. “We want to pick up a few results and get near to 50 points. Of course it’s a heavy schedule and after today’s result it will probably be difficult to get these points.”

A standout performer against the Gunners was on-loan midfielder Eyong Enoh who put in a series of blocks to halt Arsenal’s attacks before they had really gathered momentum.

His link-up play was good going forwards, too, but Jol kept his cards close to his chest when questioned on the Cameroon international’s future.

“We’ve got an option to buy him but it’s still quite a few bob so maybe I have to be creative and come up with other solutions,” Jol explained. “The option is there but I’ve got one or two other options as well so it’s a decision for the end of the season.”